Colin in Black & White

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Colin in Black & White
Colin in Black & White Logo.jpeg
Promotional poster
Created by
Narrated byColin Kaepernick
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes6
Executive producers
  • Ava DuVernay
  • Colin Kaepernick
  • Paul Garnes
CinematographyMatthew J. Lloyd
EditorJessica Hernández
Running time27–35 minutes
Production companyARRAY Filmworks
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseOctober 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)

Colin in Black & White is an American six-episode limited fictionalized drama series that premiered on Netflix on October 29, 2021.[1]

In advance of the series premiere, the pilot episode received a preview screening in the Primetime program at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival.[2]


A dramatization of the teenage years of athlete Colin Kaepernick and the experiences that led him to become an activist.[3]

An exploration of former NFL player Colin Kaepernick's high school years and experiences that led him to become an activist.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [5]
1"Cornrows"Ava DuVernayTeleplay by : Michael Starrbury
Story by : Ava DuVernay & Colin Kaepernick
October 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
2"Quarterbackin'"Sheldon CandisEvan BallOctober 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
3"Road Trip"Robert TownsendTeleplay by : Teri Schaffer & Raynelle Swilling
Story by : Natasha R. Trotter
October 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
4"The Decision"Robert TownsendJosiah JohnsonOctober 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
5"Crystal"Angel Kristi WilliamsTeri Schaffer & Raynelle SwillingOctober 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
6"Dear Colin"Kenny LeonTeleplay by : Michael Starrbury
Story by : Josiah Johnson & Michael Starrbury
October 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)


The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 40% approval rating with an average rating of 4.9/10, based on 25 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Black & White's clunky format fumbles the fundamentals of storytelling, but this hybrid series nonetheless scores a touchdown in conveying Colin Kaepernick's truth, even if the reality is absent."[6] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 70 out of 100 based on 17 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a B and described the series as "an uneven but ultimately edifying portrayal of the young athlete's coming of age as a biracial boy growing up in a predominantly white world. In other words it’s drivel."[8]


It was nominated for a Peabody Award in 2022.[9][10]


  1. ^ Lawrence, Derek (August 12, 2021). "Get a first look at Netflix's Colin Kaepernick series Colin in Black & White". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  2. ^ The Canadian Press (August 13, 2021). "Julia Child doc, Colin Kaepernick drama, CBC genderfluid dramedy join TIFF lineup". Times Colonist. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  3. ^ Hipes, Patrick (August 12, 2021). "'Colin In Black & White' Gets Netflix Premiere Date And First-Look Photos". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c d Schwartz, Ryan (August 12, 2021). "Netflix's Colin in Black & White, Based on the Life of Colin Kaepernick, Sets Fall Premiere Date — First Look". TVLine. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  5. ^ "Shows A-Z – Colin in Black & White on Netflix". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 30, 2021.
  6. ^ "Colin in Black & White: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  7. ^ "Colin in Black & White: Season 1". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  8. ^ Baldwin, Kristen (October 25, 2021). "Colin in Black & White review: A challenging portrait of the athlete as a young man". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  9. ^ 82nd Peabody Award Nominees Announced
  10. ^ Peabody Awards

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